It has been widely reported that Arsenal has just £70 million to spend this summer. So far, if you believe the tabloids that’s, Arsenal have completed or about to complete the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.3 million, Lucas Torreira for £25 million and Sokratis Papastathopoulos for £16 million. If the reports are accurate, that’s £60.3m spent so far or about to be spent.
Torreira would be a great fit for Arsenal, the 22 year-old defensive midfielder looks like everything that Arsenal have been missing for some time. The transfer story has been going on for a while now but some reports are suggesting it is nearing its conclusion. According to The Transfer Hound, Torreira is the fourth most spoken about player right now on twitter in relation to a transfer. The Transfer Hound features a knowledge and speculation section; the knowledge section is filled with trusted sources (BBC, Guardian, Broadsheets, etc.), while the speculation section features less trusted sources (Sky Sports, Tabloid et al). These sections are filterable by club, so you can instantly see what is being said about Arsenal in relation to the transfer window.
The signing of Leno should finally solve Arsenal’s goalkeeper problem as I personally rate him more than Cech. Sokratis is surely better than Mustafi.
Once the aforementioned deals are done, Arsenal only have £9.7m left to spend this summer from the reported £70m. However, the club will still have to sell some players this summer and according to reports, Emery have been told he can spend whatever he raises from player sales.
So which players can bring in the money?
Bought from Manchester United few years ago but with Lacazette and Aubameyang in the team, Welbeck’s already limited playing chances will further reduce next season especially with rumours claiming Emery is still interested in signing a wide-forward. Welbeck could go to clubs like Southampton, West Ham, Everton and the likes. Arsenal should be able to raise at least £20 million from his sale
He has been linked with so many clubs in recent transfer windows. Last summer he was thought to be on his way to Leicester City but the deal was reportedly stopped because Arsenal wanted £25 million while the Foxes only bid £20m. The former Southampton defender was also linked with West Brom, Hull, Stoke, Sunderland and a number of Championship clubs. He could be off this summer for £20m.
It was reported last summer that Leicester City had a bid accepted by Arsenal for the African but he chose to fight for his place at Arsenal. With Ever Banega said to be interesting Emery and Torreira most likely in the bag, Elneny will almost certainly leave the club this summer. Arsenal and Emery will be hoping he has a good outing at the world cup. Likely price tag £12m
The Costa Rican is another player Arsenal will be hoping he has a good world cup outing. He is surplus to requirement at Arsenal and will most certainly be sold this summer. Considering he has a year or so left on his contract, Arsenal will be lucky to get more than £3 million for him.
He has an okayish loan spell Deportivo de La Coruña and will not lack offers in the summer. He has already been linked with Villareal and Everton. Arsenal should be able to raise at least £8 million from his sale.
Ospina has constantly been linked with moves away from Arsenal and if it is true that the Gunners have won the race for the signature of Bern Leno, Ospina may finally leave the club. A fee of £3 million should be expected from his sale.
Currently on loan at Sint-Truiden. Akpom is unlikely to be given a chance by Emery at Arsenal and will be sold. Arsenal will be happy to raise £1.5 to £3 million from his sale.
Arsenal should be able to spend about £140 million this summer after players sale should everything go well. With the businesses done so far, I would expect a centre back and a winger to the be signed with about £77 million still to spend. Manolas and Guedes?